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KeyLime Cove Honored for Energy Saving Programs by Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association


GURNEE, ILL.—KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort has been honored with the StayGreen designation from the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) for its continued efforts to proactively use eco-friendly products and services to reduce its impact on the environment. IHLA’s StayGreen designation standards are extensive and specific. Environmentally friendly efforts outlined in the StayGreen questionnaire include efforts such as recycling and waste management programs, the use of Energy Star products throughout guestrooms and hotel, the use of only non-phosphate, nontoxic, biodegradable concentrated cleaning products and laundry detergent, and consumable paper products made from recycled fibers.

Green Lodging News Adds umf Corp. as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes umf Corp. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The company’s PerfectCLEAN patented color coded, ONEperROOM system of high performance textiles, wipers, sponges, tube mops, flat mops and ergonomically designed hardware achieve a healthier guest environment and are proven to support increased guest satisfaction scores.

How to Implement an Eco-friendly Pest Control Plan in Your Hotel


NATIONAL REPORT—Not so long ago, the solution for dealing with a hotel pest infestation was to “call the exterminator,” conjuring up cartoony images of a man with a poison-pump, misting unknown chemicals into the air of the business, chasing out customers and pests with the plume. For hotels in New York, where daily business activity is critical for the financial health of the business, this kind of thing could be devastating, but we live in a different world today. Now, safety and health are first and foremost in the mind of any pest control professional. Modern pest control methods often employ green pest control applications, which minimize or eliminate inconvenience to business operators and their clients by ensuring safety to their most important assets; the employees and the guests, as well as minimizing or eliminating the possibility of inhaling toxic chemicals. The modern world of pest control leverages Integrated Pest Control (IPC) or Integrated Pest Management (IPM), as it is sometimes referred to.

Ecolab Introduces Antimicrobial Fruit, Vegetable Treatment


ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc. introduces Antimicrobial Fruit and Vegetable Treatment (AFVT)—a product to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness outbreaks related to ineffective produce washing in foodservice operations. AFVT is the industry’s first no-rinse produce wash to earn both Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for pathogen reduction in the water for whole produce and on the surface of cut fruits and vegetables.

Bradley Begins Shipping Advocate AV-Series Lavatory System


MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—Bradley Corp., a leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures and washroom accessories, announced nationwide availability for the company’s latest commercial hand-washing innovation—the Advocate AV-Series Lavatory System. This “all-in-one” sink, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer solution delivers the first U.S. made, completely touchless hand-washing experience for a more sustainable, clean and efficient lavatory environment.

Xeros Earns Editor’s Choice Award for Best New Product


NEW YORK—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra low water cleaning system, announced the company has been awarded the Editors’ Choice Award, Best New Product for Hotel Operations. The award was presented November 10, during the Opening Ceremonies of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show (IHMRS) at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Green Lodging News Adds Excel Dryer as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Excel Dryer as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Excel Dryer’s XLERATOReco includes new “no heat” technology. XLERATOReco offers the same performance and reliability as the original patented technology XLERATOR—drying hands in less than 15 seconds while using one-third the energy of other high speed and trough-style hand dryers. XLERATOReco enables green lodging facilities to reduce costs, labor, maintenance and waste while also significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

Hyatt Regency Orlando Debuts PURE Hotel Rooms


ORLANDO, FLA.—Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly The Peabody Orlando, announced it will offer 25 new hypoallergenic rooms installed by PURE Solutions. Treated with a patented seven-step process to kill and protect against 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria, PURE rooms virtually eliminate all surface and airborne irritants and create a hypoallergenic and rejuvenating space for allergy-sufferers and health-conscious travelers.

Polaris Rolls Out New GEM eM 1400 Vehicle


MEDINA, MINN.—Polaris Industries Inc. announced the availability of the all-new Polaris GEM eM1400 vehicle. The compact electric vehicles are ready for order through all 280 authorized GEM dealers in North America. With industry-leading payload and cargo as well as versatile configurations, the GEM eM1400 can be customized to fit a variety of work applications.

Neon Technologies Helps Hotels Go Paperless with Concierge


SAN JOSE, CALIF.—Neon Technologies introduces Concierge, a guest-facing hotel concierge service with the ability to dramatically decrease hotels’ negative environmental effects. By logging requests digitally, and reducing consumption of high-turnover hotel amenities, NEON provides a software solution that saves hotels money, and reduces degradation of the environment.

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